Tough news day

It is hard not to be a little sad today, given this morning’s judicial news.

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  1. bruno says:

    Sorry Father, I haven’t heard yet? What is the news?

  2. IL Catholic says:

    Would it be the Sotomayor confirmation? Although that was yesterday.

  3. gloriainexcelsis says:

    Confirmation was indeed today. I just saw it on TV. Many questions remain.

  4. irishgirl says:

    Yep, I bet it was the Sotomayor confirmation….what a bummer!

    Our Senators are cowards, plain and simple!

    There seem to be no politicians with any common sense or strong principles!


  5. Mike Morrow says:

    It took the oath of office, and formally assumed the office, *today*.

  6. ckdexterhaven says:

    Father Z, don’t be sad, be galvanized. The first thing I thought of was, “what a great opportunity for a novena for her”. She’s still Catholic, surrounded by Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito. Let’s all get busy and start praying for her and those she works with. The devil wants us to feel defeated, don’t lose hope. Like Pope Benedict told the youth in Yonkers a year ago…. “Have courage!”

  7. Don’t let it get you down, Father. At times like this I think of Sam Gamgee, the greatest Catholic in all literature, and this brief episode from The Lord of the Rings:

    “Far above the Ephel Dúath in the West the night-sky was still dim and pale. There, peeping above the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”


  8. ray from mn says:

    She’s a vote but she won’t be a powerful legal influence on the others.

  9. david andrew says:

    Do they place their hand on a bible when they take the oath? Or is it the Constitution? Either way, I’m surprised the document in question didn’t leap from her hand when she took the oath, or burst into flames.

  10. DJY says:

    Given how fast her ratings plunged before the hearings even started, and given that is really all the President seems to care about, I hold to the hope that she is the “best” he can do. When I look at her against Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and even occasionally Thomas, she doesn’t stand a chance of actually becoming a force on the Court. I only pray that they keep picking lightweights until someone better is in the Oval Office.

  11. Can we bring popcorn to this year’s Red Mass?

  12. Rob Cartusciello says:

    She’s replacing Souter, so there’s not much of a change on the Court.

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